Last week I predicted that the nuclear consultation was a sham and the Government had already made clear the direction they were going based on their press release. Of course, Gordon Brown wants us all to think he is listening, so they have to have the charade of a consultation.
The charade as well must be maintained even though there the nuclear question is such a family affair and that Opinion Leader Research seem to be a making a mint from it too. That research by OLR will make for interesting reading though, take a look at this question they asked on Saturday,
In the context of tackling climate change and ensuring energy security, do you agree or disagree that it would be in the public interest to give energy companies the option of investing in new nuclear power stations?Guess what, a majority of people agreed, and when you count the "neither agree or disagree" (which will be tacitly taken to mean "go for it now, build build build!") the figure goes well into an overall majority. You can't beat a good loaded question to elicit the desired response. It's a bit like asking someone allergic to cats: Do you like fluffy kittens, or are you a Nazi?
Note: I'm not anti-nuclear power per se I should add in case anyone is/was wondering. However, seeing pretty shoddy loaded questions makes me questions OLRs credability even more.